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Collaborative Nature Of Solutions Lead To Silent Direct Actions


The Ugly Indians, as a part of the larger Domlur tech-hub transformation initiative, have taken on the transformation of Government Kannada Model Primary School in Challaghatta, Bengaluru. Various corporates and residents in the area are being mobilised to carry out the cleaning up and beautification of the area, having widened their impact to over 58 ugly spots in Domlur alone.

A group of volunteers, The Ugly Indians have been working to transform unhygienic and derelict areas around the city. The surroundings of the school were in an extremely poor and unhygienic condition.  Water and sewage lines were leaking and the open field near the school was being used as a garbage dump. To provide the students a better and healthy school infrastructure, the Golf Links Embassy Management Services enlisted their help in clearing garbage near the school and providing alternative and sustainable methods for waste collection. BWSSB were requested to begin civil work in fixing the leaking pipes. With the Embassy Group’s assistance, they have begun the civil work to fix the boundary walls.

Long-term sustainability plans are needed to maintain the area. Plans are underway to install a proper garbage system in the area to prevent garbage dumping and securing the school with a secure entrance wall. Five working toilets will also be available for students and staff.

Various community outreach programs are actively being planned, where occupants of office parks around Bangalore, get an opportunity to partner and support the economically weaker sections of the society. To encourage the same, WeWork volunteers have been cleaning, repainting and beautifying the compound walls of the school.

Commenting on the project, Shaina Ganapathy, Head of Community Outreach at Embassy said, “We have a strong vision to build a fine social infrastructure and sustainable ecosystem in and around the communities we serve. Embassy actively reaches out to corporates to collaborate in undertaking various transformative community service initiatives. We are very delighted that WeWork employees and the Ugly Indians have come forward to help us in transforming this Government school and providing the students a better environment.”

The community project was set to not only repair and renovate the old buildings but also get the whole premises deep-cleaned and tidy with a complete transformation.

A Representative for Ugly Indians added: “We follow the principle of Kaam Chalu Mooh Bandh (Only Work No Talk) and work with all stakeholders (government, corporates, residents) to solve common civic problems in the public space. This was a particularly challenging project as it had remained unsolved for several years and was directly affecting the health and well-being of hundreds of school children, apart from local residents. What is most satisfying is the collaborative nature of the solution, as it involved the entire community through silent direct action”

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